• Pacers use 26th pick on Miles Plumlee

    June 29, 2012 No comments

    The Indiana Pacers selected Duke University power forward Miles Plumlee with the 26th pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, adding another tough player to their rugged young roster.

    Plumlee, a 6-10 native of Warsaw, Ind., is known for his athletic ability and rebounding prowess, but is considered a raw offensive player. He averaged 6.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game as a senior. He shot 61 percent from the field but played only 20.5 minutes per game and started just 16 of 34 contests his final year.

    It’s been a whirlwind week for the Pacers.

    General manager David Morway stepped down on Tuesday. The next day, team president Larry Bird announced that he would be leaving at the end of August due to health reasons. Donnie Walsh, the former team president, returned to that role, and Kevin Pritchard stepped in as general manager.

    Bird said he may need shoulder surgery and cited longstanding issues with his back. He said he plans to take a year off before deciding if he should return to basketball.

    Bird said the Pacers need a superstar, a big-time scorer the team can depend on every night, even with Danny Granger on the roster. While he likes his team of solid players, he covets a player who can attack the basket.

    Pritchard said Wednesday that the Pacers want to re-sign free agents Roy Hibbert and George Hill. That will likely take most of the team’s salary-cap space.

    If Bird’s recent draft-night moves are an indicator, picking Plumlee will be successful, too.

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